Monthly Archives: January 2011

Avgolemonno – 31 January 2011

D was, in his words, “nonplussed” when, after not having time to bake the bread this morning, he decided to buy bread and make pannini, but found no appropriate bread at the Bowl on his way home. He was still … Continue reading

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Pizza Margherita – 30 January 2011

This was my first attempt to make the pizza classic “Margherita.” It  came close to working, but I think I needed to cook it a bit less time. I used a recipe from Epicurious for the toppings, but my usual … Continue reading

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Spaghetti with brown and “pigs’ ears” mushrooms; Brussels sprouts – 29 January 2011

D wanted to try cooking spaghetti with the pigs’ ears mushrooms as part of the mix with brown mushrooms, having been less than pleased with the only-pigs’-ears version from a couple of nights ago. It really worked well — much better taste than … Continue reading

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Omelette with pecorino, Greek oregano, pepper, and “too much milk”; Brussels sprouts – 28 January 2011

D came home and searched around the fridge for something to cook for dinner, not realizing till it came up in another context that it was Friday, not Thursday night. That meant he had to cook a dinner worthy of … Continue reading

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Spaghetti with “pigs’ ears” mushrooms; broccoli – 27 January 2011

D made this pasta with “pigs’ ears” mushrooms, and nothing else except the butter and pepper they were cooked in, so that we could really get a taste of the mushrooms. They had some bitterness, it turned out, and we … Continue reading

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Tomato, bacon, snap pea and artichoke pasta – 26 January 2011

D had a bunch of random veggies that he wanted to use up, and he added in a few things lying around, to make a really delicious and interesting pasta. His thing. He bought some cherry tomatoes on the markdown … Continue reading

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Brie, bread, and olives before the City Council meeting – 25 January 2011

At the end of a brutally long day of teaching, with a lab that ran over by more than half an hour at the end, we had to go to City Council to testify against their plans to put 75-foot … Continue reading

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Pasta with chanterelles; sugar snap peas; salad – 24 January 2011

D cooking – he found chanterelles at the Bowl for about $7/lb, and made a simple pasta with them. He sauteed them in butter with salt and pepper and tossed them with cooked spaghetti. This simple treatment really let the … Continue reading

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Veggie Bird’s Nest at Le Cheval – 23 January 2011

The best news is, Le Cheval isn’t closed, it’s just moved. After a fashion. OK, it’s actually closed, and the new restaurant at the other end of the block is LCX, not Le Cheval. They just have Le Cheval’s food, … Continue reading

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Pizza with artichokes and pancetta – 22 January 2011

Oh neat, it worked! Kewl 🙂 We decided not to make bread this morning b/c we are not eating at home tomorrow and it would just go stale. Which left another pizza opportunity. Yesterday when buying radicchio and endive at … Continue reading

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Pizza with radicchio, endive, walnuts, and roquefort – 21 January 2011

I thought I had made this pizza previously but I have to admit it was not familiar. Wish I’d had a blog back that far! The pizza is derived from a pasta recipe in the Weber’s Art of the Grill, … Continue reading

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Grilled cheese sandwich; salad; and zucchini with mushrooms, before the symphony – 20 January 2011

We had some bread that was getting on, and needed something quick for dinner before the symphony, so I suggested grilled cheese sandwiches. D, who normally hates suggestions, liked that one. We had some Dubliner cheese in the fridge, and … Continue reading

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Beef stew from the freezer; sugar snap peas – 19 January 2011

D got home late and defrosted a quart or so of beef stew that he made on 23 October, with rather startling orange flavor in it. The orange had calmed down, for unknown reasons (possibly related to the addition of … Continue reading

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Pizza with Brussels sprouts and pancetta…again – 18 January 2011

D had to be out till 8 again, so I offered to try a second incarnation of this pizza, given we still had more pancetta and another ball of fresh mozzarella. I was trying an increase of both Brussels sprouts … Continue reading

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Avgolemonno – 17 January 2011

D came home cheerily ready to make this wonderful and surprisingly simple soup. He expected, reasonably enough, that the staples the soup depends on would be present in the kitchen. Not so. We had only a small piece of lemon, … Continue reading

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Pizza with Brussels sprouts and pancetta – 16 January 2011

OK, wow, it worked! At least well enough to be a great dinner and to tell me what I needed to change. In New York last month, we had lunch at Motorino at the behest of my friend A. The … Continue reading

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Spaghetti al Cacio e Pepe (with Pecorino and Pepper); salad with avocado; sugar snap peas – 15 January 2011

D came up with this out of nowhere. Or actually, out of Patricia Wells’ “Trattoria” and a fridge and pantry with good staples in them. Tough meal 😉 Cook the spaghetti, and warm a mixing bowl and all the serving … Continue reading

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Tri-tip steak; nebrodini mushrooms; sugar snap peas – 14 January 2011

D called about 6:15 to remind me that the Bowl was having a mini-wine tasting till 7, so I met him there, and we tasted two new wines. One was a California cab, gentler and more food-friendly than most, and … Continue reading

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Pizza with Italian sausage, poblanos, corn, tomato pesto, and cilantro at Paisan; fried olives – 13 January 2011

D had a meeting that he knew would last late, so he decided not to cook. By the time he got home it was too late to go to Riva Cucina, so we chose pizza at Paisan. This is very … Continue reading

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Zuppa di aglio (garlic soup); Brussels sprouts – 12 January 2011

This was a remarkable soup. D found it in Recipes from Paradise – a Ligurian cookbook. You crush cloves of garlic (one per serving) and cook them surprisingly briefly in water (1 cup per serving) with some olive oil. Bread … Continue reading

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31 December 2010 – Salmon Quiche: The End

I decided to end this blog in keeping with its name, at the 365th dinner. It was a remarkably interesting one, suggested by Mom. She wanted to try a salmon quiche, having heard about this from somewhere. It turned out … Continue reading

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Pasta with leftover chicken and sugar snap peas – 11 January 2011

D uses up leftovers and overstocks so wonderfully! He cut up what was left of the chicken breasts, and included both those and some sugar snap peas from the “on their way out, buy a lot for 99 cents” bags … Continue reading

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Pork chops; brown rice; broccoli – 10 January 2011

D split one Costco pork chop in two, horizontally, and cooked them in oil with herbs. This is written on the 30th, unfortunately, so I don’t recall exactly what he did, but the taste was good. I think that is … Continue reading

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Spaghetti with mushrooms, pine nuts, parsley, and pecorino – 9 January 2011

D cooked his official pasta, which is a terrific dish. It consists of mushrooms and pinenuts, cooked in oil, with parsley added. This is tossed with spaghetti, and pecorino is shaved over the top with a carrot peeler. Simple and … Continue reading

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Chicken cooked in unusual things; sugar snap peas; pasta with green sauce – 8 January 2011

D cooked this meal, and I will have to ask him about the green sauce. He cooked the chicken in anchovies and some other interesting things, and I think they were also in the green sauce. I remember it was … Continue reading

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